By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.” – Christine Caine
One night, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and float out onto the water.
The wind pushed them far from shore and they found themselves in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. It is here we find them.
They had been waiting all night. Just now, the sun is beginning to rise, splashes of orange and yellow wash across the horizon.
Some of the disciples are still dozing, others are admiring the view.
It is then when one of the disciples sees something.
It looks like a phantom floating over the top of the sea coming towards them.
One of the disciples screams, “It’s a ghost!”
Now the whole boat is in a frenzy. They’re panicking. Some are contemplating jumping overboard.
A voice calls out over the commotion, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
The disciples stop. That voice sounds familiar.
One disciple catches on. It’s Jesus, the man they had been following. “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Peter stepped up onto the edge of the boat and looked out over the buffeting waves.
One word boomed across the sea, “Come.”
So, Peter stepped slowly down out of the boat. His foot descended onto the water. Mist splashed across his legs and the smell of the sea filled his nose, but step by step across the waves Peter found firm footing.
Just like Peter, when God calls you to step out of the boat, he will empower you to walk on water.
Parents: Share this story out of Matthew 14 with your children. Ask them how Peter was able to walk on water and see how they respond. Have a conversation about how God can empower those who follow his will.